2008 Mazda MAZDA3 vs. Its Competition

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The compact car market is more crowded than a can of sardines.

Choices include pure sedans, three-door hatchbacks, five-door hatchbacks (wagons), and even mini-SUVs.

It is impossible to cover every competitor in this limited space, so the editors from TheCarConnection.com cherry-picked a range of choices.

2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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2008 Dodge Caliber SE2008 Dodge Caliber
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2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus
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2008 Hyundai Elantra GLS2008 Hyundai Elantra
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2008 Jeep Compass2008 Jeep Compass
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Quick Specs
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
The Caliber has a very practical layout and quite a few innovative features to get excited about, but it's lacking in driving enjoyment or refinement--even compared to its low-priced competition.
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
The 2008 Jeep Compass tries to take the brand to a new on-road audience, but falls short of pleasing drivers who never hit the trails.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactMid-sizeCompactMid-Size2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*4-Door HB SE FWD2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual GLSFWD 4-Door Sport
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SedanHatchback2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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